The Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center (UPREC) was established in 1899 and serves as the hub for integrated crop and livestock research for Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Applied research on pasture-based cattle management practices and cropping rotations is conducted in the unique environment of the U.P. Grass-based beef finishing, utilization of cover crops, hoophouse farming, season extension and soil health studies are keystone research elements on the farm. Outreach efforts focus on expanding knowledge of local food systems by educating producers and fostering market opportunities. Complementary agronomic studies at the 1,262-acre site focus on forages and small grains. The center also coordinates field trials on potato varieties and corn varieties throughout the Upper Peninsula region.
Published on January 14, 2016
Michigan State University researchers say Spartan barley is a strong contender as a locally sourced ingredient for the state’s budding craft brewery industry.
Published on July 25, 2015
The barley fittingly called Spartan, created in 1916, is making a comeback in light of increased demand for locally brewed beers in Michigan.
Published on July 17, 2015
The ongoing work of researchers to develop agricultural technologies and practices suited for the unique climate of Michigan's Upper Peninsula will be the focus of the Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center Field Day July 25.
Published on May 26, 2015
A recent international partnership award between the United States, United Kingdom and Canada has opened the door for research and collaboration on malting barley production.
Published on December 11, 2014
Seventeen Michigan State University researchers and Extension outreach and education specialists have received more than $600,000 in funding from the Michigan Alliance for Animal Agriculture.